Europa League

Lille 0-0 Everton

By Steve CanavanBBC Sport
Everton v Lille
Everton remain top of Group H after a second successive Europa League draw
  • Everton stay unbeaten in Group H
  • McGeady misses best chance in second half
  • Howard keeps first clean sheet in Europe this season
  • Barkley suffers early cut to face but plays on

Everton's Europa League ambitions remain on course after battling their way to a deserved draw in Lille.

Cheered on by more than 6,000 travelling fans, Roberto Martinez's men produced a well-organised and increasingly lively display against their French hosts.

Lille bossed the opening 45 minutes but Everton sprang into life after Romelu Lukaku's introduction from the bench.

Aiden McGeady missed the best chance but Everton will be happy with a point.

Toffees boss Martinez had warned his players that unlike the Premier league, with its pace and power, European games were more about tactics, "where strategy is important".

And the manager was right as the two sides started cagily and it remained so throughout, with the contest only opening up in the closing minutes.

Although it was not, for the most part, a wonderful spectacle, Martinez and his players will have few complaints about a result that puts them on course for qualification to the knockout stages.

Halfway through the group stage, and following an eye-catching 4-1 win over Wolsburg and a draw with Russian side FK Krasnodar, the Toffees top their pool with five points.

Martinez will have been pleased with the solidity his team displayed at the back in Lille, especially as the boss made six changes from the side that beat Aston Villa in the Premier League at the weekend.

Among those brought in were experienced centre half Sylvain Distin and midfielder Ross Barkley, the 20-year-old making his first start in Europe and his second successive appearance since recovering from a knee injury.

The England man provided some decent moments, despite playing much of the game with a bandage around his head following a nasty cut above his eye in the early stages.

There was little to get excited about in an opening 45 minutes where Everton's only effort on goal was McGeady's tame shot from distance.

Their French opponents were brighter but fared only marginally better in front of goal and they almost went ahead when striker Idrissa Gueye's shot from the edge of the area shaved the post.

Divock Origi, the 19-year-old signed by Liverpool in the summer and immediately loaned back to Lille, showed he has plenty of potential and came close with a curling effort from the edge of the box.

Lukaku's appearance as a 65th-minute substitute - replacing Steven Pienaar - coincided with the Toffees best spell, the striker sliding in McGeady with his first touch but keeper Vincent Enyeama - who played for Nigeria at the World Cup in Brazil, and kept 21 clean sheets for Lille last season - made a fine save.

Tony Hibbert, who has not scored in his last 323 appearances, had a shot blocked late on as the visitors finished the stronger of the sides.

The teams meet again at Goodison Park on 6 November, a game Everton go into a point ahead of nearest rivals Wolfsburg.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez: "I was pleased in terms of players [six changes] coming in and performing to a high standard, but I think the pitch didn't help either side - I think with a better pitch, we would have seen a lot more brilliant attacking football from both. I think all-in-all a draw was a fair result.

"If you could measure the pleasure at the end of the performance, it would be at 50% because I thought we were fantastic defensively. But I did think we couldn't be ourselves - the condition of the pitch didn't allow us to take risks."

Lille boss Rene Girard: "We are satisfied to have been able to compete with Everton. Once again we lacked a goal to get a win, but I was really satisfied with the football we produced.

"Maybe Martinez and his team are used to playing on perfect pitches, on pool tables. Maybe it was a little bit rough. The conditions used to be better, but due to the weather lately maybe it was a little bit heavy. But I don't think it really disrupted the teams playing a technical game."

Tim Howard
Tim Howard kept his first clean sheet in this season's Europa League competition
Everton v Lille
Ross Barkley needed strapping on his head after suffering an early cut above his eye
Roberto Martinez
Everton boss Roberto Martinez went into the game after a Europa League win over Wolfsburg and a draw in Russia at FK Krasnodar
Tony Hibbert
Martinez made six changes to the side that beat Aston Villa at the weekend, with full-back Tony Hibbert among those coming in
Everton fans
Not since the Toffees won the Cup Winners Cup in 1985 had Everton taken so many supporters to a European game



Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Enyeama
  • 18BeriaBooked at 57mins
  • 14Kjaer
  • 25Basa
  • 23Souaré
  • 4Balmont
  • 24MavubaSubstituted forMartinat 86'minutes
  • 5Gueye
  • 2Corchia
  • 27Origi
  • 9RodelinSubstituted forMendes da Graçaat 73'minutes


  • 10Martin
  • 11Frey
  • 15Sidibe
  • 16Elana
  • 20Mendes da Graça
  • 22Rozehnal
  • 26Roux


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 24Howard
  • 2Hibbert
  • 6Jagielka
  • 15Distin
  • 3Baines
  • 17BesicBooked at 15mins
  • 18Barry
  • 7McGeadySubstituted forAtsuat 82'minutes
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forMcCarthyat 90+3'minutes
  • 22PienaarBooked at 57minsSubstituted forLukakuat 64'minutes
  • 5Eto'o


  • 1Robles
  • 4Gibson
  • 10Lukaku
  • 16McCarthy
  • 19Atsu
  • 23Coleman
  • 30Alcaraz
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Match Stats

Home TeamLilleAway TeamEverton
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Lille 0, Everton 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Lille 0, Everton 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. James McCarthy replaces Ross Barkley.

  4. Post update

    Hand ball by Franck Beria (Lille).

  5. Post update

    Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

  6. Post update

    Pape Souaré (Lille) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Franck Beria (Lille) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Idrissa Gueye (Lille) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a corner.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Lille. Conceded by Tony Hibbert.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Samuel Eto'o (Everton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Muhamed Besic.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Christian Atsu (Everton).

  12. Post update

    Idrissa Gueye (Lille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Lille. Marvin Martin replaces Rio Mavuba.

  14. Post update

    Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Divock Origi (Lille).

  16. Post update

    Foul by Ross Barkley (Everton).

  17. Post update

    Sébastien Corchia (Lille) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Christian Atsu replaces Aiden McGeady.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Tony Hibbert (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Muhamed Besic.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Idrissa Gueye (Lille) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Thursday 23rd October 2014

As It Stood


2B Mgladbach31207255
3Apollon Limassol3102311-83
4FC Zürich301248-41


2Club Bruges31204135
3FC Copenhagen31113214
4HJK Helsinki300307-70


3Asteras Tripolis311146-24
4Partizan Belgrade301206-61


2RB Salzburg32108537
3Dinamo Zagreb31027613
4Astra Giurgiu300339-60


1Dinamo Moscow33005239
2PSV Eindhoven31112204
3Estoril Praia31023303


1Inter Milan32103037
2FK Qarabag311112-14


2Standard Liege31113214
3HNK Rijeka31115504


4FK Krasnodar302146-22


1Sparta Prague32017436
2BSC Young Boys32018356
4Slovan Bratislava3003010-100


2Dynamo Kyiv32016426
3Aalborg BK320146-26
4Rio Ave300316-50


3PAOK Salonika31026423
4Dinamo Minsk301219-81


1Legia Warsaw33003039
3KSC Lokeren310213-23
4Metalist Kharkiv300314-30
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